It’s a thrilling day here at Contrarian HQ. President Obama‘s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, is scheduled to appear before the Senate at 2:30 PM EST for possible confirmation.
We’ve previously written about the difficulties Panetta — a former Congressman who didn’t serve on any intelligence oversight committees in his eight terms in the House — will face in taming an agency notoriously hostile to outsiders.
The LA Times openly wonders if Panetta will be “the next body under Obama’s bus.” I certainly hope not. If any agency needs fixin’ it’s Central Intelligence. I’d liveblog the hearings for the two of you who might be interested, but alas, I have way too much work to do. I’ll pop in later to let you know how it looked from my perch.